Mini Episode: Onion Festivities

The Religious Year (8+9).

The planting season (peret) was ending; the season of harvest (shemu) was starting. Over these two months, Egyptians looked to the fields, and the gods that would protect the growth of the crops. To guarantee divine favour and protection, they looked to beings that would protect them from hardship or hazard. In particular, they worshipped Bastet (the cat), and Renen-utet (the snake)…

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The Gayer-Anderson Cat, assumed to represent Bastet (British Museum).
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A Late Period statue of Bastet (Wilkinson 2003)

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Renenutet, in her guise as a woman-headed snake (Wilkinson 2003)


Richard H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, 2003.

Anthony J. Spalinger, “Ancient Egyptian Calendars,” in C.L.N. Ruggles (ed.) Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy, 2015.